Hospital says credit card information for 2K patients possibly compromised

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Piedmont HealthCare in Statesville said credit card information for almost 2,000 patients may have been compromised after a security breach.

On Tuesday, credit card information for almost 10,000 patients at Presbyterian Anesthesia Associations was compromised. Both health care companies said they used E-dreamz, a website hosting company and that patients could pay bills online.

"We were told that E-dreamz databases had been compromised and that credit card data of a number of our patients had been exposed," said Gregory Guin, chief financial officer for Piedmont HealthCare.

Piedmont said that could include names, addresses, phone numbers, email address and credit card number, but not medical information. Piedmont said the breach did not impact its computer systems.

The company has alerted the state, the FBI and is working to send patients that were impacted a letter. Guin says those affected will be given a year of free identity monitoring and restore services from Identity Force. Piedmont says it also contacted credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It is moving it website to a new company.

He says the company also just found out job applicant information, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised and that Piedmont is investigating.

Eyewitness News did reach out to E-dreamz Wednesday. The company is not commenting right now.

Guin said even though the information hacked wasn't in its system, it's working to make this right.

"We're sorry it happened, our physicians are certainly concerned about their patients," Guin said.